30 Beautiful Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

30 Beautiful Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

For this inspiration collection, we came upon somewhat of a trend: Skulls and skeletons. It seems that skull and skeleton motifs are all the rage with you artists out there, so we’ve collected a few really great examples from some immensely talented folks to showcase and inspire. As most of you know, we’re always looking for great artists doing great things — it’s one of the most favorite tasks we have as editors of Design Instruct! Please don’t forget to visit the portfolios of the artists featured here to support their work.

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How to Make Translucent 3D Text

How to Make Translucent 3D Text

In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you my technique for creating text that has a semi-transparent, three-dimensional appearance. We’ll use Illustrator and Photoshop to achieve our desired results.

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The Distinctive Watercolor Designs of Karen Kurycki

The Distinctive Watercolor Designs of Karen Kurycki

Karen Kurycki, a designer and illustrator based in Florida, has an interesting style of work: She infuses her graphic designs with watercolor. In this feature article, we put a well-deserved spotlight on this skillful artist’s work.

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6 Must-Read Blogs for Logo Designers

6 Must-Read Blogs for Logo Designers

One great thing about the Web is the abundance of freely accessible content that will help you keep informed about your profession. If you’re interested in logo design, check out the excellent logo design blogs featured in this article. Blogs are a great way to find design inspiration regularly, learn new tips and tricks, and keep up with your industry’s news and happenings.

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The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

I used to have a profile on Match.com. I met a lot of nice people though online dating. But ultimately, it never work out for me. I found that online dating was a limiting and awkward way to start a relationship. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are just as bad.

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5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

This free pack of wood textures can be used in your design and digital art projects. The textures are each sized at 1356x2048px, which gives you the chance to use them in a big variety of ways. I shot these textures using a Nikon D700 DSLR camera to ensure high-resolution results for you. Enjoy!

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Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Though Photoshop is a serious and powerful industry-standard graphics editor used by creative professionals throughout the world, sometimes you just want to have a bit of fun with your photos. If you’d like to learn how to apply surreal effects to your own photos to impress your friends on Facebook and Instagram, read these Photoshop tutorials.

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6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

This wonderful texture pack contains an assorted combination of 6 free wall textures that you can use in website backgrounds, poster designs, text effects, and more. The textures are huge (as much as 3500x2300px) and are shot in high resolution for excellent results. I hope you enjoy these free textures and are able to use them in your design projects!

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Can Card Sorting Improve the Usability of Your Designs?

Can Card Sorting Improve the Usability of Your Designs?

Card sorting is one of the most basic, easy-to-do usability testing techniques available at your disposal. There are already plenty of articles and tutorials that discuss how to conduct card sorting activities (like this one) so I will be skipping the basics. Instead, I will share some of the benefits I have derived from conducting card sorting tests during my experience as a usability analyst.

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30 Beautiful Mobile App Websites for Design Inspiration

30 Beautiful Mobile App Websites for Design Inspiration

Mobile apps often have a dedicated website or landing page for informing site visitors about the app’s features. This site also presents a great opportunity to gain more users and for getting the app seen and recognized by more people. Whether you’re in need of inspiration for your mobile app’s website design or simply want to look at well-designed websites in general, take a peep at the sites featured here.

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The Web Design Trend of Using Large Photos: 30 Examples

The Web Design Trend of Using Large Photos: 30 Examples

Using large photographic images as a prominent design element of a web page continues to be a popular web design trend today. In this showcase, you’ll find a few good examples — 30 to be exact — of websites that use large photos in their design.

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How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

An experienced logo designer knows that designing a great logo requires an equally great design process to ensure that the outcome is outstanding. I have broken down the logo design process into five steps that will create an effective pathway from initial brief to final presentation. Though each designer will have his or her own process, I would like to discuss a process that has worked for me and other logo designers.

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